Each week, we'll give you the info on the best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
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Pearl River Train Show
When/Where: Saturdays Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays Feb. 17 and 24 and March 3 from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday Feb.18 from noon to 6 p.m./United Methodist Church in Pearl River.
Why Go: The Bergen County Model Railroad Club will bring its well-loved model train show to Pearl River. The variety of displays is a popular attraction every year.
Cost/Contact: Donation is $5 for adults, $2 for children. Visit the Bergen County Model Railroad Club on Facebook.com/bcmrrc or online at www.bcmrrc.com.
Rockland Rising" Flash Mob Dance Event
When/Where: Thursday, Feb. 14 with registration at 5 p.m. and dancing at 5:30 p.m./H&M Department Store, 1000 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
Why Go: Center for Safety & Change (formerly Rockland Family Shelter) invites Rocklanders to its “Rockland Rising” Event to commemorate the One Billion Rising Campaign. The “Rockland Rising” flash mob is the Center’s event to mark the 15th anniversary of the V-Day organization, which works internationally to end violence against women and girls, and was founded by playwright, author and activist Eve Ensler. “Rockland Rising” is open to women and men of all ages—no prior dance experience is necessary. For those interested, dance lessons will be given prior to the event.
Cost/Contact: $5 donation suggested. /For more information, including dance rehearsal schedules, contact Nancy Donoghue at 845-634-3391/ email@example.com
Bossy Frog Pajama Party Benefit Concert for Clarkstown Family Resource Center
When/Where: Friday, Feb.15, Doors open at 6 p.m. and show begins at 6:30 p.m./New City Elementary School, New City
Why Go: Music and fund for the entire family. Don't forget to bring a blanket to sit on and wear your PJ's.
Cost/Contact: Advance tickets $10 per person and at the door $12 per person/ For advance tickets call 845-639-5619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Heart
When/Where: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Nyack Public Library
Why Go: Get your teen in the holiday mood with this teen program and make a beaded heart pendant for Valentine's Day.
Cost/Contact: Free, Register in the Teen Room/Elizabeth Hobson at 845-358-3370, ext. 236
RCDS Open House
When/Where: Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m./Rockland Country Day School, Congers
Why Go: Rockland Country Day School is holding an open house. "From Strong Roots Our Students Flourish!" If you have kids and are curious about this Congers private school, visit and check it out.
Cost/Contact: Free / www.rocklandcds.org
Craig Bickhardt at The Borderline
When/Where: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m./New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Rescue Squad, 200 Congers Rd, New City
Why Go: Our featured entertainer will be Craig Bickhardt, singer songwriter to the stars. Marybeth D’Amico will open. Bickhardt has written songs for entertainers such as Johnny Cash, Kathy Mattea, and Tony Rice. He is also a fabulous entertainer as well as a virtuoso on the Guitar. He was the originator of the format "songwriters in the round" used by many folk clubs today. Marybeth D'Amico spent many years performing in Germany. You will love her original songs and the energy with which she performs them.
Cost/Contact: $20 per person ($15 for Borderline & Pinewoods members) plus bring a cold potluck dessert dish to share with 4 other people. Coffee, tea and soft drinks provided. We are an alcohol free venue. / Reservations by e-mail to email@example.com or at (845) 354-4586. Visit our website at www.borderlinefolkmusicclub.org
Family Movie Matinee
When/Where: Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Nanuet Public Library
Why Go: Enjoy a movie on our big screen: “Finding Nemo." Bring blankets, pillows, and whatever makes you most comfortable. The library will provide snacks, but feel free to bring your own. A grown up must accompany children into the Library and remain with them in the Community Room during the movie presentation.
Cost/Contact: No registration required. Free / Nanuet Library
When/Where: Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pearl River Public Library Storytime Room.
Why Go: Teen volunteers will be available to help children in Kindergarten through fifth grade with their school work. No registration required. Just show up and bring your work.
Cost/Contact: Free/For more information contact Christina Linder or Pamela Gunning at (845) 735-4084.
When/Where: Sundays at Pearl River High School. Began Jan. 13. Buddies arrive at 9:45 a.m. and players come at 10 a.m.
Why Go: Athletes from ages three to 21 with developmental disabilities can learn basketball and social skills while working with non-disabled peers known as buddies. The buddies get the opportunity to help others in an athletic environment. They can also fulfill volunteer hours if needed. Buddyball is part of the Orangetown Mighty Midgets, drawing players and buddies from Orangetown and surrounding communities.
Cost/Contact: $45 for players. Free for buddies. Players must pre-register. Buddies register on site. For more information, go to http://www.buddyballsports.org/.